the one with products I don’t like anymore

upgradedbeautyproductsIn the past few months, I’ve shared some products in my favorites list that have actually ended up not being my favorites. So I wanted to share some of those with you today, and what ended up happening to make me take them off the list. I can’t have everything be negative up in here so I’ve also found a replacement. lips I have previously tooted the horn of baby lips. I was looking for a lip balm with a little color and I had heard so many good things so I got some. For the first month I loved it so I added it to my favorites. I have no idea what happened . . . but the longer period of time I used it the more almost raw my lips got. Sorry if that’s gross. Especially inside my mouth right inside my lips. I tried using it less times a day – I tried using it more times a day – but it only went away when I completely stopped. I do still occasionally use baby lips when I want that lip color, but rarely and not more than once a day. I’m sure this is just something with my lips and this product and I love other Maybelline products – this is definitely nothing against them. I found pixi at Target one day, picked it up, and haven’t looked back since. face wips I have also tooted the horn of the Burts Bees cleansing wipes. I do still like them, especially the smell, but I’ve learned they’re more makeup removing than cleansing. I just started to miss that clean and fresh feeling you got right after rinsing your face off. and as soon as I started using something else my face broke out . . . a sure sign the Burts Bees weren’t getting deep enough to get everything out. That also backs up that I thought they are more makeup removing than cleansing. I’m still using them to take my makeup off at night before I wash my face. But for cleansing I’m back to ponds . . . brushes the elf kabuki brush I also loved and used sooo much for my powder . . . but one day after 3 months of use I cleaned it and it totally fell apart . . . I bought another . . .  and it immediately fell apart. I’m cleaning them the same way I always have, and I’ve never had a problem with elf so I’m not sure what’s up.  I got the Mary Kay mineral powder brush and I love it. I’ve had it for almost 2 months now and washed it several times.

there we go! those are 3 products I’ve decided to nix from my list and why. Do you have any products you feel the same about?

now for something super special! I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about a giveaway before. It’s been so rainy lately here in the Hoosier state. Perfect weather to curl up inside on the couch with a snuggly blanket, a good book, and mug of apple cider. But when you do have to venture outside in the rain, you might as well do it in style! I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Hunter Rain Boots for a while and I’ve teamed up with 13 other bloggers to bring you the chance to win your very own pair! You get to choose the color of course!


Life Could Be a Dream // A + Life // The Modern Tulip // Kent Heartstrings

Elizabeth Loves // Hayes Days // T.O & Fro // Seasons with the Strattons

Life With Grace // Lace & Glaze // Just a Trace // Twin Stripe

Butcher’s Niche // Wetherills Say I Do

The giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on October 22nd until 11:59 pm EST on October 28th. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Prize has a value of up to $150. Entries will be verified, so please be honest. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize before a new winner will be chosen. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Best of luck to you! 🙂

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  • Reply Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    I’ve got to try the Burt’s Wipes

    October 22, 2014 at 9:43 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      they smell like grapefruit! awesome!

      October 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Faith

    I’ve been needing a good cleansing wipe to use at night and in the morning!! I think I’ll try ponds!!! Thank for the recommendation! 🙂 I love that color of the lip balm!

    October 22, 2014 at 10:29 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      ponds are my very favorite thing in the whole wide world . . . that’s an exaggeration, but you get the point.

      October 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    What a fantastic giveaway! Pixi is a favorite of mine, too. 🙂

    October 22, 2014 at 10:48 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thanks i’m so glad you enjoy it!

      October 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Pinky

    I used to love babylips too, but I’m kind of eh on it now.

    October 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      i’m glad i’m not the only one! I have lots of friends who tell me i’m crazy

      October 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    I’ve had that happen quite often. Those Pond’s cleansing wipes are nice, they’re the ones I buy.

    Have you tried the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer? I picked one up (Caramel color) last month and I like it. It is a little drying, which was disappointing, but wearing it a few times a week is ok. I have about 10 lip colors in my purse anyway lol

    October 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      haha! I think all girls have tons of lip colors in their purse! I have tried the lip shimmer – I forget what color – and I agree it’s drying.

      October 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Collver

    The rainy weather lately really has me crossing my fingers I win that giveaway! 😉

    October 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      me too! and snow isn’t very far behind.

      October 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Leslie

    I loved baby lips when they first came out. I like myself found that they were leaving my lips chapped instead of renewed.

    October 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      it’s very disappointing, right!?!

      October 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I literally just cleaned my elf kabuki brush, the same one picture, and it fell apart. I was so mad because it worked great before and I love elf. But I’m defianlty going to try the Mary Kay brush out that you mentioned. Hopefully it won’t fall apart on me, lol.

    October 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      I wonder what the problem is with them! I love elf too and I had that brush for a couple months before it just went kaput on me.

      October 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Teresa @ Crafty Wife

    I used to love the Ponds wipes but my skin is so sensitive and after a while they made my face so dry that I had to stop. So disappointing because I loved them! I only use Aveeno wipes now, and they’re great! But I do still kind of miss the ponds….

    October 24, 2014 at 10:27 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      I need to try the aveeno ones and see if I like those too! I like to have options 🙂

      October 24, 2014 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Jenn @ hellorigby!

    Love those Pixi lip balms! Definitely better than Maybelline’s Baby Lips!

    October 27, 2014 at 1:17 am
  • Reply Liz Julian

    My rain boots finally bit the dust a few months ago, and I’ve missed them immensely. Thanks for the giveaway!

    October 28, 2014 at 7:31 am
  • Reply natalie

    Would love to win these! I love them, but can’t justify spending the money on a brand new pair.

    October 28, 2014 at 11:19 am
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